Ken Dawson, Owner/Strategic-Partner
Mike Furman, Owner/Strategic-Partner
Ken: After graduating from the State University of New York, I went on to gain over 25 years of property and casualty insurance experience with a core focus on workers' compensation, claims, risk management and business development. While at Paychex, I had the opportunity to launch the Paychex Agency and lead risk management for the Business Solutions PEO integration team.
Mike: I earned my BA in finance from Siena College and my MBA in marketing from Syracuse University. I have over 30 years of sales and senior leadership experience in both large enterprises and smaller organizations including 25 years with Dun & Bradstreet.
The Big Picture
Ken: The big picture really boils down to uncovering ways to help employers more efficiently manage their workflow and sharing workforce models that help save money and grow their business.
Mike: The big picture for me is making the right match. Both employers and employees are looking for a very specific and high-quality match to achieve corporate and personal goals. We're here to help facilitate that match.
The Scoop on Staffing
Ken: First and foremost, we're Lehigh Valley business owners and residents. We firmly believe that healthy businesses lead to healthy communities. Our goal as staffing professionals is to help good people who want to work find great companies that want to grow!
Mike: With my sales leadership history, I've always considered one of my strong suits to be coaching and guiding people. Staffing affords the chance to work with a variety of talented people that may need some support and guidance to help harness those skills and find the right opportunity to shine.
Secrets to Success:
Ken: Approach difficulty as a challenge and continually learn. For example, many businesses are unclear about how the Affordable Healthcare Act (‘Obamacare’) will impact their business. At PrideStaff, we are making major investments in expert legal counsel to navigate through the legislation and provide expert interpretation of the law as it unfolds. This expertise helps our clients develop more strategic workforce plans and better manage costs and risk.
Mike: Find a solution to the core problem fast. Oftentimes, core problems are masked by other smaller issues. By using appropriate questioning techniques, we're able to walk businesses through underlying scenarios that lead to the real problem. From there, it's easier to formulate and provide a real solution that creates value and long-term success.
Ken: Motorcycles, old cars and traveling! I love visiting medieval cities and towns in Europe with one of my favorites being Salzburg, Austria.
Mike: I also enjoy traveling, thoroughbred racing and other spectator sports with football leading the charge.
As a leading staffing firm in Lehigh Valley, we place top candidates with leading companies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton, Hunterdon and Warren counties. We also have a strong local presence in cities throughout the Lehigh Valley region, including: Alburtis, Allentown, Ancient Oaks, Bath, Belfast, Berks, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Coopersburg, Coplay, Easton, Emmaus, Fountain Hill, Freemansburg, Fullerton, Glendon, Hellertown, Hokendauqua, Macungie, Middletown, Milford, Nazareth, Northampton, Old Orchard, Palmer Heights, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Riegelsville, Schnecksville, Slatington, Stockertown, Tatamy, Trumbauersville, Walnutport, West Easton, Wilson, Eastlawn Gardens, Alpha, Annandale, Bloomsbury, Brass Castle, Chapman, Clinton, Glen Gardner, Hampton, High Bridge, Lopatcong, Phillipsburg and Washington.